–mild spoiler warning for Avengers Infinity War–
Ever since Marvel has started in 1939, they have been dedicated to making a widely shared superhero universe with many more villains in it to share. They also have had a similar success with their movie universe. This list will look at possible villains for Marvel to use in the future as their next “Thanos” level villain for their movie universe. With Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 coming up, it seems like the best time to think of the future as it seems that these two movies will change the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) forever.
Number 10: Skrulls and the Kree
While these two are different races at war with each other, there is a storyline in the comics where they both served as a villain during a fight surrounding earth. They have already introduced the Kree in the MCU during Guardians of the Galaxy and will introduce the Skrulls during Captain Marvel in 2019. This could offer some lead up to this big event in movies such as the next Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, and Doctor Strange.
Number 9: Namor
Marvels “Aquaman” is a sometimes hero and sometimes villain. He is the ruler of Atlantis and the oceans and has a very quick temper which often puts him at odds with The Avengers and other heroes quite a few times. Maybe introduce him as a secondary villain and when he realizes he is wrong, he joins the others to fight a bigger villain. The only problem is that the rights for him may still be at Universal due to some contract problems.
Number 8: Annihilus
Annihilus is the leader of the Negative Zone and is considered impossible to beat by many of the Avengers. Considering his massive size and power, he would be a great next big villain.
Number 7: The Thunderbolts
During the events of Civil War Maria Hill, the director of Shield at that time, set up a Suicide Squad like a team of villains to hunt down the rogue heroes such as Captain America. The team consisted of Red Hulk, Lady Deathstrike, Venom, Bullseye, Jack O Lantern, and the Jester. Over time others were included such as the Juggernaut, Punisher, and Baron Zemo. Maybe after the events of Infinity War, the UN thinks that heroes are criminals that should be contained and are sent after people that are equally powerful to fight them that they think they contain as well.
Number 6: Kang the Conqueror
A time traveler that has so many different personas from different timelines that he could even rival the Flash. In the comics, he likes to go back in time from his 30th century period and have those who are in that time period worship him as a god. It also makes him extremely dangerous as he is truly never dead since there are multiple different timelines.
Number 5: Ultron again
Although Ultron was already used in one movie,`doesn’t mean he can be used again. As Marvel has already shown one villain that survived death by an Infinity Stone that is the Red Skull. Also, Marvel has been teasing Ultron’s return at Disneyland California’s Guardians of the Galaxy ride with the Ultron robot that’s about to turn on.
Number 4: Magneto
Like Kang the Conqueror, Magneto is stuck under the Fox border wall. The leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants has fought many battles with the Xmen and the Avengers alike, only joining forces with them when both their interests align. If the Disney/Fox merger goes well then we may see this infamous villain very soon.
Number 3: Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
With Spiderman finally joining the MCU they now have access to not only one of Spiderman’s biggest foes but the Marvel universes as well. With the destruction of Asgard and SHIELD and the potential of the Thunderbolts, there may be room for Norman Osborn to come in and found HAMMER, the replacement for SHIELD. After Asgard was destroyed in the comics they came to earth to make a new home just like it seems will happen with the survivors of Asgard in the movies. Norman Osborn decided to declare war on those Asgardians creating the Siege storyline, which could be perfectly integrated.
Number 2: Dr. Doom
Again depending on the Fox/Disney merger, Doctor Doom would be the perfect big set up villain. With two reboots under his sleeve, Dr. Doom has never been done right in the movies before, preferring to move away from his comic traits. A powerful magic user and the leader of Latveria, he proves to be a formidable foe for the Fantastic Four and the Avengers
Number 1: Galactus and the Silver Surfer
Again depending on the Fox/Disney merger, Galactus and the Silver Surfer would be perfect villains for the next at least two phases of Marvel, especially as Disney says they plan to go cosmic forward. Maybe Avengers 5 will have Silver Surfer be the villain only to realize that he was only leading an even larger threat to them, Galactus, who eats whole entire planets for breakfast quite literally who they may fight alongside Silver Surfer in Avengers 6.
So these are my top ten choices for Marvel’s next big Thanos level villain. As for what happens to our heroes after Infinity war, well we will just have to wait till May 3rd, 2019 to find out.